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Music Foundation Presents Two Jazz Concerts In Hendersonville, NC

Whether you like your jazz straight up or with a twist, there will be jazz aplenty at the Hendersonville Community Theatre Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12 and 13, when the Music Foundation of Western North Carolina (MFWNC) presents “New Orleans Baroque” and “Jazz Standards.” Both concerts start at 7 p.m. and benefit the Theatre’s building renovations and programming.

On Friday night, the “New Orleans Baroque” concert will be a heady mix of jazz and classical Baroque music performed by flutist Rita Hayes, double bass player Keith Freeburg, drummer Morgen Cobb, and pianist Dr. John Cobb. “This concert will be a unique blending of different music genres,” MFWNC founder Joann Freeburg said. “The musicians are a tight group of local performers who have come up with a program of music that will deliver the best of both worlds in some very interesting ways. You’ll be surprised at how they have fused American jazz and European Baroque. It’s classical music with a jazzy twist.”

On Saturday night, the “Jazz Standards” concert will present the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. It will be performed by pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and vibraphonist Jason DeCristofaro. “This concert will be for the jazz purists,” Freeburg said. “These master musicians will salute the great American jazz composers. You’ll be sure to recognize these tunes and appreciate the musicians’ dedication to established quality.”

Tickets to each concert are $35 and can be purchased online at HendersonvilleTheatre.org. The theatre is located at 229 S. Washington Street in downtown Hendersonville.
The Music Foundation of Western North Carolina is a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting, promoting, and building the presence of the musical arts in the Carolinas. It was founded by Joann Freeburg.

As the Official Community Theatre of Hendersonville, Hendersonville Community Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit, non-professional, wholly volunteer organization of theater-lovers. Its purpose is to enrich the lives of neighbors by providing high quality productions of excellent theatrical works to the broadest possible audience in Hendersonville, all of Western North Carolina, and Upstate South Carolina. The money raised by these concerts will be used for the building’s renovations, windows, and dressing rooms, as well as theatrical programming and arts education initiatives.

Hayes plays flutes, hammered dulcimer, and is a vocalist. She received her bachelor’s degree in music from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her master’s degree in music from Western Carolina University. She has been a member of the Asheville Symphony for more than 25 years. She serves on the faculty of Brevard College and Asheville Buncombe Technical College in addition to her private student teaching. For nearly 20 years she has hosted classical music programming on the National Public Radio affiliated Asheville station, WCQS. Performing with such music celebrities as Roberta Flack and Ray Charles has been the highlights of her musical career.

Freeburg is the founder and owner of Freeburg & Perzina Pianos in Hendersonville. Music has been Keith’s passion since he learned to play piano, guitar, and string bass as a child. He pursued bass and graduated from the University of Minnesota as a string major with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education.  After teaching orchestra for several years, he studied piano technology at McPhail School of the Arts in Minneapolis and began a full-time career in piano tuning, repair and rebuilding. For the past 31 years, he has been serving pianists primarily in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. He is a member of the Asheville Area Piano Forum and performs with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and the Brevard Philharmonic. He serves as an elder and musician at his church.  He and his wife Joann Freeburg have two children and three grandchildren.

Cobb is a musician and teacher based out of North Carolina. He is the drummer for McKayla & The Differential and other groups. A native of Bernardsville, NJ, he currently lives in Asheville. “I play the drum set, and various other percussion instruments. Music is my life,” he said.

Dr. Cobb is an international performer and recording artist known for his broad interpretive range and technical command. The New York Times has praised his “solid technique, bronze tone and flexibility of interpretive style.” The Chicago Daily News commented, “the vibrations that filled the hall were less those of the piano than those of an exquisite musical mind.” Dr. Cobb has been presented by Artists International on their Distinguished Artists series in New York City and has made recordings of 20th Century as well as early piano music on original instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dr. Cobb has performed internationally some of the most important works of contemporary music and has worked directly with many of the most influential composers of this era, such as Aaron Copland and Lukas Foss. While completing a Doctor of Music degree at Northwestern University, Dr. Cobb held a fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he pursued doctoral studies in musicology and held the position of staff pianist with Ralph Shapey’s Contemporary Chamber Players. He continues to perform a broad repertoire of chamber music and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Joel Smirnoff, former first violinist with the Juilliard String Quartet, and most recently with Jason Posnock, concertmaster of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Among Dr. Cobb’s orchestral appearances is a performance of the Samuel Barber Piano Concerto with the Asheville Symphony. As a frequent performer on the Piano Forte concert series at the Asheville Art Museum, Dr. Cobb celebrated Franz Liszt’s bicentennial with an all-Liszt solo program during the summer of 2011. Dr. Cobb is a direct musical descendant of Liszt through his teacher, pianist Claudio Arrau, whose teacher was a pupil of Liszt. He presents master classes on piano technique and literature, and frequently serves as an adjudicator for competitions and music festivals. Dr. Cobb maintains private studios in Fairview and Hendersonville.

Over the past 40 years pianist/composer Stevens has been associated with some of the most important figures in modern jazz. Beginning with his first CD release in 1991 as a member of Mark Whitecage’s Liquid Time Group, Stevens has been in the forefront of the NYC and international improvised music scene. Between 1988 and 1990 he co-led the now legendary “Mosaic Sextet” with Dave Douglas. This group included Mark Feldman on violin, Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon, and the rhythm section of Harvey Sorgen on drums and Joe Fonda on bass. Their “Today This Moment” CD release on Konnex Records and re-release on GM Recordings is considered one of the classic modern jazz recordings of the 1990s and was voted one of the best 1000 jazz recordings by the 2011 Penguin Guide to Jazz. This rhythm section went on to become the nucleus for the Fonda/Stevens Group. Since the quartet’s inception in 1992, the Fonda/Stevens Group has released 14 CDS, repeatedly toured Europe and is one of the most successful working modern jazz groups on the international scene. Stevens also began a very fruitful and fulfilling relationship with Leo Records with his duo “Haiku” CD release in 1994, featuring Mark Feldman on violin. These piano/violin improvisations proved to be a pivotal link between Stevens’ work in both the composed and improvised music worlds. Stevens has currently released nine CDS on Leo Records, including “Elements” with bassist Dominic Duval, and “Twelve Improvisations” with the Fonda/Stevens Group. To date he has released more than 90 CDS. In 2016 he was voted “Best Composer” in Western North Carolina by the readers of the Mountain Xpress and received a “Regional Project Artist Grant” from the Toe River Arts Council. He currently resides in Black Mountain, NC.

DeCristofaro is an active musician and composer, performing primarily as a vibraphonist. In 2011, he was selected as the winner of the Yamaha/Percussive Arts Society international competition for jazz vibraphonists, and his musical compositions have been performed in China, New Zealand, Sweden, and throughout the United States. DeCristofaro is currently adjunct music faculty at Warren Wilson College, where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches courses in Jazz Theory and Improvisation, Jazz History, and World Music, and A-B Tech, where he teaches Jazz History and Music Appreciation. He also teaches Jazz Theory and Improvisation, Percussion, Piano, Composition, and Music Theory privately at Crushed Leaf Studios in Mills River, NC. Since 2012, Jason has been the musical director and host of Jazz Night at the Phoenix, a weekly showcase at the Phoenix in downtown Brevard.

Beer and Brats Fundraiser at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on November 24

The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. is holding its fifth annual Beer and Brats Fundraiser from 5:00-8:00 PM on Friday, Nov. 24 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Enjoy freshly cooked brats, fries, cold beer and soda. Check Six Brewing Company of Southport, is providing the following types of beer: Wendy’s Blonde Ale, Gee Bee Honey Pale Ale, and Aerial Aggression Double IPA which are some of their best-selling craft beers. Enjoy live music by Opportunity Rocks. Proceeds from this event will help maintain the museum and planetarium’s exhibits, so come out for a night of fun while supporting a worthwhile need!

Tickets for Beer and Brats are $30 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling or stopping by the museum or planetarium to save $5. Tickets will also be on sale the night of the event. Photo IDs are required for beer drinkers.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016, visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MuseumCoastalCarolina.

Brain Health for Life!

Join the Museum of Coastal Carolina for their continuing Sand Bar Lecture Series on November 14 at 6 pm. Geriatric care manager, JD and QMHP, Martin Case, will discuss and present studies on the role diet and exercise play in preventing decline and maintaining brain health. Martin has a clinical background in skilled nursing memory care units and as an administrator of a mental health facility. He remains avid about current studies and protocols in the industry, showing the simple changes we can make in our lives that can prevent or stop declines in brain health.

Martin Case carries a case load that provides care management for individuals dealing with cognitive decline. He has spent several years providing accredited continuing education to the medical community in dealing with dementia. Has taught at UNCW on Dementia and worked for the NCDHHS/GAST program for several years as an educator specializing in dementia and persistent mental illness.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016, visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MuseumCoastalCarolina.

Recycled Art Contest at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina has selected Flashy Fish as the theme for its 2017 Recycled Art Contest. Contestants can submit artwork that depicts a real or mythical flashy fish. The dimensions of the artwork should be no larger than 15” x 12” x 12”. The artwork must be constructed only from recycled materials. Recycled paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and wood are all acceptable. Use of glue, tape, paint, markers, crayons, and colored pencils on recycled materials is permitted. Artwork will be judged and prizes awarded in four categories: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and an Adult (over age 18) category.

 

Artwork may be dropped off from November 10-17 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina located in Ocean Isle Beach on Monday-Saturday from 10-3. Each piece of artwork must be accompanied by an entry form. Entry Forms are available at the museum or may be printed from the museum’s website; visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org and look under the Special Events tab. Artwork will be judged and displayed at the Museum on November 18 through November 25.

 

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Annual memberships such as a Family Membership that includes 2 adults and 4 kids or a Plus membership that includes 4 adults, 4 kids, and 2 guests are an economical way to enjoy the museum’s programs year-round. Non-member all-day admission to the Museum of Coastal Carolina (including NC sales tax) is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors (62+), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-579-1016, visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MuseumCoastalCarolina.

 

 

Author Ann Ipock to Speak in Calabash, NC

Author Ann Ipock brings latest in ‘Life Is Short’ series to Sunset River Marketplace on Nov. 9

Ann Ipock will speak at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. as part of the eclectic art gallery’s Coffee With the Authors series. The event is free but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.

 

Ipock is an award-winning Southern author, speaker and humorist, Her writing is at once hilarious, and in the next breath, poignant said Dorothea Benton Frank, the New York Times best-selling author of All Summer Long. Dew On the Kudzu, the Southern writer’s blog said that Ann writes in the vein of Erma Bombeck, but in the gentler, Southern Belle manner – quiet smiles while reading as opposed to snorts.

 

Life is Short, Pack Your Bags Now! was released in late 2016 and follows Life is Short, I Wish I Was Taller; Life is Short, So Read This Fast! and Life is Short, But It’s Wide and completes the Life is Short quartet. It explores the beautiful yet strange human race: elderly ladies hogging church pews, ridiculous Siri voice interpretations, and marital matches not made in heaven. Other subjects include holiday hysteria, kitchen misadventures including a large ham that needs its own seat belt and, of course, travel: bad vacation karma and tips on never packing light. Ipock’s zany humor is balanced by nostalgic tales of growing up in the sixties and affectionate family portraits, from her dancing 85-year old father to her lovable (but hairy) Grandog, Gus.

 

Ipock has written for Georgetown Times, South Carolina’s oldest newspaper; Sasee Magazine; Columbia County Magazine and Salt Magazine. She has taught at the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop in Myrtle Beach, the Foothills Writers Guild Conference at Anderson University, and was selected as a judge for Catfish Stew anthology, as well as the Silver Coast Winery’s Short Stories.

Sunset River Marketplace announces ‘Out of the Box’ show

Sunset River Marketplace brings back popular ‘Out of the Box’ show Nov. 2 – Dec. 30; reception Nov. 11, 1-4 p.m.


Adrienne Johnston-Harriett Hare-quilting with silk thread sketching and watercolor

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will once again feature works by the Art Matters painting group in an eclectic exhibition titled Out of the Box from Wednesday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 30. A reception, which is open to the public at no charge, will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Nancy Guiry-needle felted purse with hand-crafted embellishments

Susan Nern-Spring Splash-alcohold ink tile mounted on wood

Last year’s Out of the Box show was so popular, the gallery decided to present a similarly innovative exhibition with brand new works for 2017. The Art Matters group began in 2006 as a pastel class, which was taught by noted North Myrtle Beach, SC artist Jane Staszak. The lively and talented group dubbed themselves the Pastel Sisters and had their first group show at Sunset River Marketplace in 2010. Since then the class has evolved into an open studio where they often explore media other than pastel. In 2012, in order to cover a broader range of style and work, they changed their name to Art Matters.

 

Participating in the show will be Jane Staszak, Nancy Guiry, Linda Young, Beryl Kirkpatrick, Susan Nern, Tina Lepsig, Sue Ruopp, Joanne Bendy, and Adrienne Johnston.

 

Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said, “This group of artists loves to experiment, love to create, so this show includes a range of unexpected pieces from quilt work to felting to hand-painted tiles and more. They also have some one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments, which will be especially fun because the gallery Christmas tree will be up, too. Be sure to join us for the reception!”

 

Sunset River Marketplace will be kicking off the Holiday season with the Out of the Box reception, so there will be plenty of holiday treats, spirits, free gift certificate drawings, Holiday pottery, gifts and more.

 

Fright Night at Ingram Planetarium

Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach invites you to join us for  ghoulish evenings under the dome this October. Immerse yourself in our Fright Light Laser Music Halloween Special. Featuring hand rendered laser artwork, 360 degrees of live lighting effects, and Halloween music favorites such as “Thriller” by Michael Jackson and “Men in Black” by Will Smith, Fright Light is sure to bring out your inner goblin. Fright Light is family friendly, though all laser music shows feature concert level sound, and quick moving lights; this may not be appropriate for extremely small children or those sensitive to loud noises and bright, flickering lights.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Admission is 9.50 for adults, 7.50 for children 12 and under, and 8.50 for seniors 62+. Children under 2 years of age are free. All laser music shows are free to Ingram Planetarium members. For more information, call 910-575-0033, visit www.museumplanetarium.org, or like us on Facebook.com/IngramPlanetarium.

Ghosts at the Museum of Coastal Carolina Oct. 17

Ghost Walk will be at the Museum of Coastal Carolina Oct. 17 at 6:00 pm to present “Ghosts of Brunswick County.” Presenters Will and Allison Smith note that “Brunswick County has 500 years of recorded history. With history comes great ghost stories.” You will learn about locally-sighted apparitions of German sailors, ladies of the manor, and Spanish Conquistadors in this family-friendly program. They will also discuss some spooky local haunts.

Will Smith is a retired USAF Lt. Col. and is currently a professor at BCC. He majored in history during his undergraduate work at The Citadel. He and his wife, Allison, own and operate a seasonal ghost walk business in Ocean Isle Beach. They recently published a book titled The Dead Don’t Like to be Forgotten: Tales from the South Brunswick Islands. With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to embrace your inner ghoul. If you’re in need of some spooktacular holiday inspiration, this presentation will get you into the spirit of Halloween faster than you can say BOO!

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.  The museum is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 to 3. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission, which includes admission to the OIB Ghosts program on Oct. 17, is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016, visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MuseumCoastalCarolina.

The Impact of Pesticides on the Atlantic Sand Fiddler

West Brunswick student, Russ Gore, will  present “The Impact of Pesticides on the Atlantic Sand Fiddler”  Oct. 14, 2017 at 11:00 am as a part of his high school senior project. Russ designed a field study on the effects of commonly used pesticides on Atlantic Sand Fiddlers. Because sand fiddlers are arthropods like many pests, his experimental results show a detrimental effect of the test group. Knowing fiddlers are a crucial component of the marsh ecosystem, Russ wishes to make a community outreach on safe pesticide practices with his slogan “Control, Comply, & Customize.”

Russ is president of the National Honor Society, captain of the football team, and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. At West Brunswick, Russ states math and science are two of his favorite classes and hopes to pursue a career in those areas of study.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.  The museum is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 to 4. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission, which includes admission to the OIB Ghosts program on Oct. 25, is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016, visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MuseumCoastalCarolina.

Author Paul Grimshaw to speak at Sunset River Marketplace

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC will feature Syracuse, NY native Paul Grimshaw at its Coffee With the Authors event on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. Grimshaw is a fulltime freelance journalist, living in his adopted state, South Carolina, since 1997. As a participant in more than a dozen Civil War reenactments, Grimshaw was moved by the job these living historians do, taking the participant and spectator to a place of suspended disbelief. In his debut novel, Travelers of the Gray Dawn, he goes one step further, to ask the “What if” questions.

A unique combination of genres, Travelers of the Gray Dawn, published in 2013, mixes thriller, alternate history and science fact and fiction with a healthy dose of cautionary tale and love story. Reflecting the spirit of storytellers such as Rod Serling and Michael Crichton, the fast-paced novel is filled with likable characters and intriguing “what-ifs” about a modern world without the benefit of a United States of America. The themes and storyline come together to entertain and urge readers to consider their own understanding of how events of the past shaped our present day (for better or worse) and why we are who we are and of America’s place in the evolution of the world we know.

 

Voyagers of the Gray Dawn: Finding Henry is the 2015 follow-up to Travelers of the Gray Dawn. The story unfolds in Princeton, NJ as Henry Rollins, a prodigious young PhD physics professor and assistant to Albert Einstein, is caught up in the tumultuous exploits of World War II U.S. Naval top-secret experimentation. As Einstein’s miscalculations and a stowaway Nazi spy interfere, the young doctor is hurled headlong into a world he’s only heard rumor of; a parallel universe where the Confederate States of America is the governing body over a good deal of the former Unites States of America. Back home, Rollins’ equally young and brilliant wife Margaret, is desperate to reunite with her missing husband, and may just have a clue where he is. Filled with historical facts and alternate history imaginings, Rollins’ epic travels, hinted at in the first book, are explored in detail this time.

 

The Sunset River Marketplace event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.